Department of Philosophy

Wai-hung Wong

Professor - Ph.D. UC Berkeley

Wai-hung Wong received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. His areas of specialization are epistemology and metaphysics, and his research interests include philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, Wittgenstein, and Nietzsche. He joined the faculty at California State University, Chico in 2002 and teaches epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, introduction to philosophy, and critical thinking. He is now working on several papers on pattern & explanation, necessary existence & nothingness, James's epistemology, and Nietzsche's notion of eternal recurrence. Besides philosophy, he is interested in literature, psychology, physics, classical music, jazz, movies, cooking, martial arts, traveling, hiking, and card magic.

Selected publications:

"McTaggart’s Overlooked Second Construction of the Argument against the Reality of Time in the A-Series", The Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming)

Philosophical Exchanges on Ten Big Questions (in Chinese), co-authored with Chong-fuk Lau. Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2022

Dialogues on Religion and Philosophy (in Chinese), co-authored with Chong-fuk Lau. Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2016

"A Normative Account of the Need for Explanation", co-authored with Zanja Yudell, Synthese 192 (2015), pp.2863-2885

"How Fallacious Is the Consequence Fallacy?", co-authored with Zanja Yudell, Philosophical Studies 165 (2013), pp.221-227

"What the Skeptic Still Can't Learn from How We Use the Word 'Know'", in J. Bridges, N. Kolodny & W. Wong (eds), The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.124-144

The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding: Reflections on the Thought of Barry Stroud, co-edited with Jason Bridges and Niko Kolodny. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

"The Cosmic Lottery", International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 66 (2009), pp.155-165

"Internalism about Justification and the Skeptic's Dilemma", Erkenntnis 71 (2009), pp.361-375

"What Williamson's Anti-Luminosity Argument Really Is", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (2008), pp.536-543

"Meaningfulness and Identities", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (2008), pp.123-148

"Moore, the Skeptic, and the Philosophical Context", Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 87 (2006), pp.271-287

"The Skeptical Paradox and the Indispensability of Knowledge-Beliefs", Synthese 143 (2005), pp.273-290

"Strawson's Anti-Scepticism: A Critical Reconstruction", Ratio 16 (2003), pp.290-306

"The Problem of Insulation", Philosophy 77 (2002), pp.349-373

"Interpretive Charity, Massive Disagreement, and Imagination", Canadian Journal of Philosophy 29 (1999), pp.49-74

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Portrait of Wai-hung Wong